Research Confirms that Daily Baths for Eczema Children are a Great Idea
Should you bathe your eczema child every day?
One of the challenges that parents of children with eczema face is the sheer amount of conflicting information out there, especially on the internet. Some of the information is accurate, but some of it isn’t.
One topic that doctors have been divided about for years is whether or not daily baths dry out a child’s skin and make eczema symptoms worse, or if bathing actually improves eczema symptoms and soothes damaged skin. How can a parent choose what’s best?
The bathing question has an answer. A new research review has come down firmly on the “daily baths are good” side of the argument.
Just a few days ago, we found this article from LiveScience by Christopher Wanjek. In it, doctors associated with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology have come out saying that a daily bath is probably great for eczema sufferers, provided that the bath is followed immediately by moisturizing. The bath keeps the skin clean, helps soothe any itching and burning, and actually helps control flare ups.
The study review was taken up by doctors who were tired of all of the conflicting information on the subject. By either proving or disproving the positive/negative effects of bathing on eczema, doctors would finally be empowered to provide consistent advice.
The review shows that it seems to depend on the kind of bath that’s given. Putting a child in a hot bath, using a strong soap, and then aggressively drying them afterwards would, not surprisingly, irritate the skin—that can even irritate the skin of someone who doesn’t have eczema! The key is to bathe in lukewarm water and to gently dry and moisturize right afterward.
At AD RescueWear, we’ve always fallen on the pro-bathing side of things. We are strong advocates of wet wrap therapy.
Wet wrap therapy is a treatment where, right after a fifteen to twenty-minute bath in warm water, you dry the child, apply lotions or prescribed creams, and then wrap the child in wet gauze, sealing in moisture. This technique has shown an average reduction of eczema symptoms by 71%. Because it can be tricky for parents to wrap their child in gauze after every bath, we created our AD RescueWear products. Our Rescue Suits are incredibly soft, naturally soothing to the skin, and are easy for children to get into.
At the end of the LiveScience article, the doctors at the ACAAI were careful to say that their research review is not definitive proof that baths are the best method of treatment for children with eczema, but that their research provided positive results. They hope that this review will spur further research into both eczema causes and methods of treatment. In the meantime, you can rest assured that, although the science hasn’t been completely proven yet, wet wrap therapy looks to be firmly in the lead when it comes to effective eczema treatments.
Wanjek, Christopher. "For Kids with Eczema, 'Soak and Smear.'” LiveScience. LiveScience, 29 June 2016. Web. 29 June 2016.